Future Movement rejects naturalization of Palestinians in Lebanon

In a statement issued to commemorate the 1948 Nakba ( catastrophe) the Future Movement on Saturday reaffirmed its rejection of the naturalization of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and instead called for a free and independent Palestinian state to which the refugees should return.

“The Palestinian brothers are our guests until they return to their free and independent state.”

The Movement reiterated its support for Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz’s Arab peace initiative and the rights of the Palestinian people to “return to an independent Palestinian state.”

“Palestinians in Lebanon have civil and humanitarian rights that the Future Movement supported and still supports,” the statement said.

The statement urged the international community to “put a stop to Israeli practices” and called for the implementation of UN resolutions.

  • Crossed

    Not a fan of the Future Movement, but this is correct. Palestinians belong in a nation called Palestine. As long as our brothers respect our state, laws, and institutions they are welcome to stay until their country is formed. Granting them citizenship would be used by Israel to eliminate their right of return. 

    Well said Future.

    • Beiruti

      We agree about something, finally! 

    • Constantin7

      Actually, I prefer them waiting for their “promised state” OUTSIDE Lebanon. We cannot afford having these refugees any more and for different and complicated reasons we cannot give them their basic civil rights of working, studying, owing property, etc….so it is in their best interest to leave Lebanon and seek a country where they can prosper and live a normal life and help themselves and their cause in a much more efficient way. In Lebanon their camps occupy prime land in the middle of our cities (in Beirut, Tripoli, Saida, Sour and Baalbeck) the Lebanese cannot find a place anymore to build houses or even  to bury their deads because the Palestinians are occupying these camps. This without mentioning that these camps are off limit to the Lebanese government, hide outs for many criminals and islamic fanatics up to this date. So for me the Palestinians are not at all welcomed in Lebanon and I want them OUT ASAP. We served the Palestinian cause more than any Arab country and we cannot afford to do more than that any more. 

      • Beiruti

        I agree 100% we served the Palestinians more than any Arab country and what they gave us in return was a civil war. Let them go back to West Bank and start to make a nation instead of complaining for one. Actions not words is going to make the Palestinians prosper.  

  • Anonymous

    Not a fan of the Future Movement, but this is correct. Palestinians belong in a nation called Palestine. As long as our brothers respect our state, laws, and institutions they are welcome to stay until their country is formed. Granting them citizenship would be used by Israel to eliminate their right of return. 

    Well said Future.

    • Anonymous

      We agree about something, finally! 

    • Anonymous

      Actually, I prefer them waiting for their “promised state” OUTSIDE Lebanon. We cannot afford having these refugees any more and for different and complicated reasons we cannot give them their basic civil rights of working, studying, owing property, etc….so it is in their best interest to leave Lebanon and seek a country where they can prosper and live a normal life and help themselves and their cause in a much more efficient way. In Lebanon their camps occupy prime land in the middle of our cities (in Beirut, Tripoli, Saida, Sour and Baalbeck) the Lebanese cannot find a place anymore to build houses or even  to bury their deads because the Palestinians are occupying these camps. This without mentioning that these camps are off limit to the Lebanese government, hide outs for many criminals and islamic fanatics up to this date. So for me the Palestinians are not at all welcomed in Lebanon and I want them OUT ASAP. We served the Palestinian cause more than any Arab country and we cannot afford to do more than that any more. 

      • Anonymous

        I agree 100% we served the Palestinians more than any Arab country and what they gave us in return was a civil war. Let them go back to West Bank and start to make a nation instead of complaining for one. Actions not words is going to make the Palestinians prosper.  

  • In_a_Mosh

    in my opinion, this is rubbish. The people knows as palestinian refugges in lebanon are actually by now lebanese. they were born in lebanon and most have parents who were born in lebanon.

    future movement, wake up and smell the falafel!! 

  • Anonymous

    in my opinion, this is rubbish. The people knows as palestinian refugges in lebanon are actually by now lebanese. they were born in lebanon and most have parents who were born in lebanon.

    future movement, wake up and smell the falafel!! 

  • eblashko

    Palestinians are the only people in the world whose refugee status is passed from parent to child. My family came to Israel from Morocco as refugees in 1956, but my father was born here, I was born here, and we certainly don’t call ourselves refugees anymore. It was an ugly conflict in the 40’s and 50’s. Many people on both sides lost their homes and had to move. Life goes on. Get over it. There are Armenians in Lebanon, no? Are they citizens? YES. Did they come from somewhere else as war refugees long ago? YES. It’s absurd that this is still a problem.

    One thing I do like is that the Future Movement said they think that refugees should go to a future Palestinian state instead of inside Israel proper in line with the Saudi plan. If they want to go to a Palestinian state, whenever the Palestinians manage to establish one, then that’s fine, and has nothing to do with Israel, but to say they can come to Israel proper and have the homes their grandparents lived in 70 years ago is just as wild an idea as me going to Morocco and asking for my grandmother’s home back. Times change. People move. The world is a very different place today than it was in 1948 or 1967. Both sides need to look to the future, and not to the past, or else neither side will ever give anything up and this miserable conflict will never stop.

    • Avnerouchlemanouch

      It seems that Palestine is Israel also.

      • Avnerouchlemanouch

        Don’t be naive; march 14 or the most Lebanese just want the Palestinians out of Lebano ,even to Tombouctou’ if they could then they tell you it’s all because of Israel…never ending story….

  • eblashko

    Palestinians are the only people in the world whose refugee status is passed from parent to child. My family came to Israel from Morocco as refugees in 1956, but my father was born here, I was born here, and we certainly don’t call ourselves refugees anymore. It was an ugly conflict in the 40’s and 50’s. Many people on both sides lost their homes and had to move. Life goes on. Get over it. There are Armenians in Lebanon, no? Are they citizens? YES. Did they come from somewhere else as war refugees long ago? YES. It’s absurd that this is still a problem.

    One thing I do like is that the Future Movement said they think that refugees should go to a future Palestinian state instead of inside Israel proper in line with the Saudi plan. If they want to go to a Palestinian state, whenever the Palestinians manage to establish one, then that’s fine, and has nothing to do with Israel, but to say they can come to Israel proper and have the homes their grandparents lived in 70 years ago is just as wild an idea as me going to Morocco and asking for my grandmother’s home back. Times change. People move. The world is a very different place today than it was in 1948 or 1967. Both sides need to look to the future, and not to the past, or else neither side will ever give anything up and this miserable conflict will never stop.

    • Avnerouchlemanouch

      It seems that Palestine is Israel also.

      • Avnerouchlemanouch

        Don’t be naive; march 14 or the most Lebanese just want the Palestinians out of Lebano ,even to Tombouctou’ if they could then they tell you it’s all because of Israel…never ending story….

  • Anonymous

    Palestinians are the only people in the world whose refugee status is passed from parent to child. My family came to Israel from Morocco as refugees in 1956, but my father was born here, I was born here, and we certainly don’t call ourselves refugees anymore. It was an ugly conflict in the 40’s and 50’s. Many people on both sides lost their homes and had to move. Life goes on. Get over it. There are Armenians in Lebanon, no? Are they citizens? YES. Did they come from somewhere else as war refugees long ago? YES. It’s absurd that this is still a problem.

    One thing I do like is that the Future Movement said they think that refugees should go to a future Palestinian state instead of inside Israel proper in line with the Saudi plan. If they want to go to a Palestinian state, whenever the Palestinians manage to establish one, then that’s fine, and has nothing to do with Israel, but to say they can come to Israel proper and have the homes their grandparents lived in 70 years ago is just as wild an idea as me going to Morocco and asking for my grandmother’s home back. Times change. People move. The world is a very different place today than it was in 1948 or 1967. Both sides need to look to the future, and not to the past, or else neither side will ever give anything up and this miserable conflict will never stop.

    • Anonymous

      It seems that Palestine is Israel also.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t be naive; march 14 or the most Lebanese just want the Palestinians out of Lebano ,even to Tombouctou’ if they could then they tell you it’s all because of Israel…never ending story….

  • Avnerouchlemanouch

    If the Arab initiative called for the refugees to return to Palestine and not to Israel proper; then Israel would have accepted the Arab initiative.

    • eblashko

      There are some other sticking points… namely Jerusalem. Incidentally, it was Jerusalem, and not refugees or settlements, that kept Arafat from agreeing to the Camp David Accords also. God forsaken city. Should be destroyed so that nobody can have it. 

  • Anonymous

    If the Arab initiative called for the refugees to return to Palestine and not to Israel proper; then Israel would have accepted the Arab initiative.

    • Anonymous

      There are some other sticking points… namely Jerusalem. Incidentally, it was Jerusalem, and not refugees or settlements, that kept Arafat from agreeing to the Camp David Accords also. God forsaken city. Should be destroyed so that nobody can have it. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BDQAPVQCSCGA5XEJ3FD5NJITQM Hanibal

    Lebanon need to naturalize the good Palestinian citizens who will learn the national anthem, disarm and look seriously to become Lebanese citizens without any provocative support to Palestine and terrorism. All other Palestinian criminals terrorists and armed must be deported back to Israel where they came from. Lebanon will need the man power for his growing economey and will be able to naturalize 25 families per year, while the rest of the Arab world also should naturalize the rest.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BDQAPVQCSCGA5XEJ3FD5NJITQM Hanibal

    Lebanon need to naturalize the good Palestinian citizens who will learn the national anthem, disarm and look seriously to become Lebanese citizens without any provocative support to Palestine and terrorism. All other Palestinian criminals terrorists and armed must be deported back to Israel where they came from. Lebanon will need the man power for his growing economey and will be able to naturalize 25 families per year, while the rest of the Arab world also should naturalize the rest.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BDQAPVQCSCGA5XEJ3FD5NJITQM Hanibal

    Lebanon need to naturalize the good Palestinian citizens who will learn the national anthem, disarm and look seriously to become Lebanese citizens without any provocative support to Palestine and terrorism. All other Palestinian criminals terrorists and armed must be deported back to Israel where they came from. Lebanon will need the man power for his growing economey and will be able to naturalize 25 families per year, while the rest of the Arab world also should naturalize the rest.

  • Crossed

    Not a fan of the Future Movement, but this is correct. Palestinians belong in a nation called Palestine. As long as our brothers respect our state, laws, and institutions they are welcome to stay until their country is formed. Granting them citizenship would be used by Israel to eliminate their right of return. 

    Well said Future.

  • Beiruti

    We agree about something, finally! 

  • Constantin7

    Actually, I prefer them waiting for their “promised state” OUTSIDE Lebanon. We cannot afford having these refugees any more and for different and complicated reasons we cannot give them their basic civil rights of working, studying, owing property, etc….so it is in their best interest to leave Lebanon and seek a country where they can prosper and live a normal life and help themselves and their cause in a much more efficient way. In Lebanon their camps occupy prime land in the middle of our cities (in Beirut, Tripoli, Saida, Sour and Baalbeck) the Lebanese cannot find a place anymore to build houses or even  to bury their deads because the Palestinians are occupying these camps. This without mentioning that these camps are off limit to the Lebanese government, hide outs for many criminals and islamic fanatics up to this date. So for me the Palestinians are not at all welcomed in Lebanon and I want them OUT ASAP. We served the Palestinian cause more than any Arab country and we cannot afford to do more than that any more. 

  • Beiruti

    I agree 100% we served the Palestinians more than any Arab country and what they gave us in return was a civil war. Let them go back to West Bank and start to make a nation instead of complaining for one. Actions not words is going to make the Palestinians prosper.